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Chicago Medical Dermatology Conditions Contact Dermatitis

Irritant Contact Dermatitis
Many substances can irritate our skin. Mild irritants can include simply daily use objections such as soap or shampoo. Strong irritants can be fiberglass or battery acid that can lead to a serious contact dermatitis. A mild irritant can lead immediately or gradually to dry and chapped skin, pruritus (itching), swelling, scale, burning. With a more severe irritant, the skin can blister, form sores, or severe burns.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis
This occurs when you have an allergic reaction to something that comes in to contact with your skin. This requires and exposure with subsequent re-exposure. Therefore, the reaction may be delayed. Signs and symptoms include: itching, burning, red, swollen skin, hives, blisters, and scale that can eventually lichenify (skin thickens and resembles worn leather). Rarely, people can develop anaphylaxis (difficulty breathing, swelling of the neck/throat). If this happens, seek emergency care.

Evaluation
examination and history are key. The dermatologist and his staff will ask many investigative questions to determine the source. If avoidance protocols are not able to find the culprit, Patch Testing can be employed

Treatment
Avoid the culprit(s), topical anti-inflammatory medications (corticosteroids, calcineurin-inhibitors), prednisone, methotrexate


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